Occasionally Crafty: Melted Snowman Ornament

December 14, 2012

Melted Snowman Ornament


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One Christmas tradition our family has is receiving new ornaments each year to add to the family tree. When you're grown and on your own you get to take all of those ornaments with you to start your own tree! This year I wanted to make our ornaments, mostly because i just didn't see anything i was in love with. I'm also on kind of a snowman kick, and a lot of melted snowman crafts have made the rounds this year. So cute!
Here's everything you need to make your own melted snowman ornament:
  • Clear glass ornaments (i found mine at Hobby Lobby), plastic would work too.
  • Fake snow or even shredded white paper
  • Cut outs of snowman parts (I used my Silhouette, but good ol' scissors would work just fine)
  • A little piece of fabric for a scarf
  • Funnel
Using your funnel to help, put your fake snow inside the ornament. My stuff was particularly static-y and was a pain to put in! I was glad not to be mass producing these :)   Then add your snowman parts and move them around until you are satisfied.
 

We'll be giving these to our boys on Christmas Eve and I'm sure they'll love them as much as I do!
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9 comments:

  1. I never thought of helping the kids start their own collection of ornaments. Such a great idea! Your little melted snowman is adorable! Very creative.

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  2. All of my Snowman parts sink to the bottom of the globe. No way to keep them on top of the 'snow". HELP!

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  3. Debi, use salt instead of the fake snow. Kosher salt works the best.

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  4. Use a paper cone funnel and no static problem.

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    1. That's a great idea! You can also use epsom salt or those little styrofoam beads to create a snow effect. My parts move around too, but it's part of the fun :)

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  5. As am putting the supplies together as an art project for my Grand Daughter's kindergarten class, I am using very tiny white Styrofoam balls for the snow and with the exception of the scarf accessories are being made out of craft foam which includes a top hat that can be squeezed through the clear plastic ornament's opening. For the eyes and buttons I ironed the foam between two sheets of paper which in turn makes the foam shiny ..... just like coal. The scarf on the other hand, is a cut strip made from, $-Store, Xmas themed child's socks. -Brenda-

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    1. P.S: After making a total of twenty-eight top hats out of craft foam, I thought I would share some tips with you if using a medium sized standard ornament:
      a) For glue -- I find any product similar to 'gel' Krazy Glue works best. (Foam glue does not!) Ensure that you have a supply of toothpicks on hand for application.
      b) Use small, sharp scissors for cutting out the foam pieces.
      c) For the cylinder portion -- use a pencil diameter as a template. The size/height of the hat is a matter of preference.
      d) For its top -- use the finished cylinder as a template OR glue a piece of foam on top with a small border, then trim.
      e) For its bottom/brim -- use a penny by first tracing it on to the foam then cut out. (Note: If it is a Canadian or an American penny it is about the same size as the opening in the medium size ornament.) Once cut out, apply glue to opposite end (bottom) of the hat's cylinder and center it on to the cut out circle.
      Voila you are done and MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERY ONE! Hope my tips helped you. -Brenda-
      Footnote: I added a small holly leaf 'n berry to the hat just to give it some colour. Also, do not bother cutting out the bottom brim section of the hat to create an opening as it will be hardly noticeable anyways when sitting in the ornament. Also should add, as we are using Styrofoam beads for snow; we plan to fill the ornament not quite half full with them. IF wanting to add glitter to the top portion of the ornament itself, I advise to do it prior to filling it. For a hanger, satin or thin grosgrain ribbon will be used.

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    2. How did the Styrofoam beads work out? I was going to suggest that you swish through them with a fabric softener sheet first because they can be quite static-y to work with.

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    3. @Lisa B.: As the Styrofoam beads are static like you said, use a paper funnel to load them and gently tap them during the process which will assist in keeping them in place, otherwise your suggestion of using a fabric softener sheet on them first is an excellent idea ..... so thank you. -Brenda-

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